Oran woman accused of stealing money from animal clinic

Animal Emergency Center in Scott City, MO (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
Animal Emergency Center in Scott City, MO (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An Oran, Missouri woman is accused of deleting cash tickets from customers and taking the money from the Scott City Animal Emergency Center.

Sandy M. Walter, 49, is facing theft charges.

The owner of the animal clinic, Dr. Stephen A. Williams, requested an investigation of some stolen money.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper J.D. Patton filed a probable cause statement on Feb. 26, 2016. The case was looked at over the past three years between Jan. 1, 2012 until Dec. 31, 2015.

According to the probable cause statement, during a meeting between investigators, Williams and an office secretary Melissa Ensor, Ensor said she uncovered where several thousand dollars were missing from the clinic.

According to an independent certified public accountant money was stolen from the clinic, and an accountant examined 47 deposit records and client invoices that were changed, affecting $18,821.51.

Of that total, $17,859.76 was not deposited.

According to court documents, Walter was on duty 43 out of the 47 times there were changes made, the last four changes happened when the office was closed.

The documents state Ensor noticed all of the cash tickets that were deleted were done under Walter's password at work.

Walter told investigators she was responsible for the deposits and money transactions for the clinic, and needed her password to change any transactions. However, she said even though she changes her password regularly, she had given her password to other coworkers before.

When Walter was confronted by investigators she denied stealing the money.

Walter will be back in court on April 12, 2016 for her arraignment.

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